FEMA AND ITS FEDERAL PARTNERS STAND READY TO SUPPORT STATES AFFECTED BY SEVERE WEATHER by Gnizamani

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									Date: March 3, 2012

Release Number: HQ-12-013

Contact: FEMA News Desk, 202-646-3272




Press Release
FEMA AND ITS FEDERAL PARTNERS STAND READY TO SUPPORT STATES
AFFECTED BY SEVERE WEATHER

WASHINGTON - The Federal Emergency Management Agency, along with the entire
federal family, is continuing to closely monitor conditions following severe storms
that affected much of the Midwest and Southern states this week.

FEMA, through our regional offices in Kansas City, Mo., Chicago, Ill. and Atlanta,
Ga., is in close contact with state emergency officials in states that are being
affected by severe weather, including tornadoes. FEMA's National Response
Coordination Center in Washington, D.C., and its Regional Response Coordination
Center in Chicago, Ill. are fully activated to support state requests for assistance.


FEMA's regional administrators have been in touch with state emergency
management officials for Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska,
Alabama, Georgia North Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost loved ones and those
whose lives have been affected by the storms. Our priority, as always, is to make
sure that we are here to support local efforts to keep residents and communities
safe. FEMA has teams on the ground in hard hit areas and is prepared to deploy
additional teams and resources if needed by the states," said FEMA Administrator
Craig Fugate. "We urge residents in impacted areas to listen carefully to instructions
from their local officials. If asked to remain in shelters, homes or safe places or to
avoid affected areas, please do so. Roads may be damaged or blocked by debris,
and traffic jams can slow emergency managers and first responders in doing their
job."


At the requests of the states, FEMA and the Small Business Administration have
deployed teams to Missouri and Illinois to assist with preliminary damage
assessments. These assessments identify the damages in impacted counties and to
help the governor determine if additional federal support will be requested. A FEMA
disability integration specialist was part of the preliminary damage assessment team
in Missouri to assess the needs of people with disabilities and access and functional
needs who were displaced from their independent living center.


FEMA has also proactively deployed a federal coordinating officer to Indiana, who is
serving as a liaison to the Indiana Emergency Operations Center to provide support
to the state and to assist in coordination efforts as the state continues to respond to
the recent storms. Incident Management Assistance Team and eleven community
relations teams have also been proactively deployed to Indiana to assist with
situational awareness following the storms in support of the state and governor, as
requested.

At all times, FEMA maintains commodities, including millions of liters of water,
millions of meals and hundreds of thousands of blankets, strategically located at
distribution centers throughout the United States and its territories. To support the
affected states, FEMA has coordinated with the Department of Defense to establish a
national Incident Support Base in Kentucky to stage commodities in strategic
locations close to the impacted areas, if needed and requested by the state. More
than 98,000 meals and 146,000 liters of water are en route to the Incident Support
Base.

Many local governments and voluntary agencies, such as the American Red Cross
and Salvation Army, are providing shelter to disaster survivors who have been
displaced from the storms. During these times, the compassion and generosity of
the American people is never more evident than after a disaster. If you would like to
help residents suffering the effects of recent Midwest storms, cash donations are
best. They go right to the areas of need and bring relief faster. For more
information on how you can help, visit www.fema.gov/donations.

According the National Weather Service, there is a slight risk of severe
thunderstorms across the eastern Gulf Coast into the coastal Carolinas. The main
threat will be heavy rains across much of the Southeast today.



FEMA encourages everyone to take steps to ensure their family, homes and businesses are
prepared for a possible emergency. Important items to have ready in case of an emergency
include a battery-powered radio (like a NOAA Weather Radio), flashlight, extra batteries,
medicines, non-perishable food, hand-operated can opener, utility knife and first aid supplies.
Important documents, such as medical records, contracts, property deeds, leases, banking
records, insurance records and birth certificates, should be copied and kept in a safe
place. Visit www.Ready.gov for more information on preparing yourself and your family for
emergencies.

								
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